The tank should be removed, but if you can access the hose without removing it the entire way, then I would try it.
NOW HERE IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO:
The truck came from the manufacturer with a 5 year / 50K mile emission warranty. Contact the dealer and tell them you have a fuel leak at the tank and it should fall under the emissions warranty because fumes are getting into the atmosphere.
My point is this, if there was an EVAP leak, it would be covered under warranty. If you argue your point, I feel you should be able to get it covered 100% under warranty unless something has happened to cause the problem like you hit something or the damaged was caused by someone working on it.
Here is a video of the tank being dropped on a similar vehicle with instruction in the diagrams below for you car.
Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what happens.
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Sunday, December 13th, 2009 AT 1:20 AM